Protesters return to downtown Memphis after Gov. Lee mobilizes National Guard

Tennessee News

Protesters reach the Memphis Arkansas bridge on Interstate 55, where they were blocked by law enforcement holding shields on Sunday night. (Ian Ripple/WREG)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WREG) — Protesters returned to the National Civil Rights Museum after blocking traffic at a major downtown Memphis intersection.

All of this as Tennessee Governor Bill Lee mobilized the National Guard across the Volunteer State Sunday afternoon.

This protest broke off from another group earlier in the day before marching down Riverside Drive in Memphis.

Protesters made it as far as the I-55 bridge over the Mississippi River on the south end of Memphis but were blocked by law enforcement holding shields.

WREG-TV crews were present as protesters marched south on I-55 towards McLemore, spray painting road signs.

They then turned back north toward downtown. As of 10 p.m., the protests had been peaceful. Marchers were gathering at the historic Lorraine Motel.

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